SIRVA – Shoulder Injury Resulting from Vaccine Administration

The number of claims involving SIRVA – Shoulder Injury Resulting from Vaccine Administration – paid via the federal government’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) has soared in recent years.

 Contact a Vaccine Injury Lawyer Today

The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free, no-obligation legal reviews to those diagnosed with SIRVA following vaccination. To learn if you might qualify for compensation, contact our vaccine injury lawyers by calling (888) 994-5118.

What is SIRVA?

SIRVA is a painful condition that has been reported following administration of the flu vaccine and other inoculations.

SIRVA may occur when a shot is injected to high or too deep on the shoulder. However, the condition has also been reported after vaccines were properly administered.

The NVICP recognizes SIRVA as a covered injury for the following vaccines when symptoms occur within 48 hours of administration:

SIRVA Symptoms

SIRVA can cause several painful shoulder injuries:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shoulder Bursitis
  • Tendonitis

Symptoms most frequently associated with SIRVA include:

  • Shoulder pain: While shoulder pain is common immediately after a vaccination, pain that occurs up to 48 hours after a shot is cause for concern.
  • Limited shoulder mobility: Limited mobility may occur due to severe pain. It may also be a consequence of a specific injury or other factors, such as muscle inflammation.
  • Shoulder swelling: Most people with SIRVA will experience inflammation of the muscles, tendons, ligaments or bursae in the shoulder. Shoulder swelling following vaccination requires medical attention.
  • Muscle weakness: Muscle weakness associated with SIRVA may be the result of nerve damage or damage to muscles, ligaments, or tendons.
  • Numbness or tingling below the shoulder: Patients with SIRVA may experience numbness or tingling in the hand or fingers below the shoulder where they were vaccinated.

SIRVA Reports Have Surged in Recent Years

In recent years, the federal government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting database has experienced a surge in SIRVA reports.

SIRVA was added to the NVICP’s Vaccine Injury Table in 2017. Even before that, however, the Program was paying out a growing number of claims involving the condition.

The seasonal flu vaccine is one of the most common causes of SIRVA, given that it is administered annually in the deltoid muscle of the arm.

Compensation for SIRVA

The NVICP provides compensation to those who have been harmed by vaccines.  To date, the program has paid more than $3.9 billion in compensation to victims of vaccine-related injuries.

If you  developed SIRVA following a flu vaccine or other vaccine, please call (888) 994-5118 to discuss your case with a member of our legal team.

  1. CDC (2018) “Reports of shoulder dysfunction following inactivated influenza vaccine in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), 2010-2016”
  2. Federal Register (2017) “National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: Revisions to the Vaccine Injury Table”
Last Modified: July 11, 2018

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